Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist

Both women and men naturally produce the hormones, testosterone and estrogen. As we age, however, these amounts decline. For women, testosterone starts falling at age 21 and, for men, at age 30. Most women understand that they may require hormone replacement therapy as they approach and go through menopause. Men, however, may be less aware of the importance of adequate hormones at all stages of life. Men need to know that testosterone deficiency is a real disease—one that should be treated no matter what the age. Especially as we grow older, our quality of life is testosterone correlated. This means that inadequate levels of testosterone—in men and in women—is the number one reason you have quality-of-life concerns.

Managing and optimizing hormones has a huge impact on longevity and quality of life for both men and women. As a longtime member of the North American Menopause Society, Dr. Maryann Prewitt at HealthWellnessMD employs cutting edge use of individualized FDA approved bioidentical hormone therapy for physician referred patients in Dallas, Texas.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

by Maryann Prewitt, MD, FACOG

What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy, also called hormone therapy or HRT, is a treatment in which hormones lost as a result of factors such as aging or menopause — including estrogen, progesterone and/or testosterone — are replenished. While there are other uses, HRT is most commonly used to minimize menopause symptoms. Men experiencing symptoms of testosterone deficiency such as erectile dysfunction and low libido may also benefit.

What are the benefits?

Hundreds of clinical studies show that improved hormone levels brought on by HRT can effectively reduce menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, bone loss, vaginal dryness, sleep difficulties and sexual relationships while improving quality of life. Women may also experience boosted libido and improved lean muscle mass. Men may experience reduced belly fat, improved sexual drive and function, mental sharpness, and higher energy.

Positive Effects of Bio-identical Hormone Testosterone

The advantages of hormone pellets for both women and men are vast and the side effects are minimal and easily managed.The main regions of the body that testosterone protects long-term are the brain, heart, bones, prostate, and breasts. And the multiple advantageous effects of optimized testosterone include the following:

For Men

  • Feeling of overall well-being
  • Increased energy
  • Builds muscle mass
  • Stronger bones
  • Reduces body fat
  • Cognitive clarity
  • Improved erections
  • Prostate protection
  • Cardiovascular protection
  • Lowers cholesterol

For Women

  • Feeling of overall well-being
  • Increased energy
  • Increased lean muscles and reduced body fat
  • Stronger bones
  • Reduced brain fog
  • Relief from depression
  • Enhanced libido
  • Enhanced sleep
  • Cardiovascular protection
  • Lowers cholesterol

Furthermore, for women with autoimmune diseases, testosterone therapy has been shown to reduce the severity of the condition. Many studies show that estrogen makes the immune system more likely to attack to the person it’s living in, while testosterone actually provides protection from such attacks.

For men, you should be aware that testosterone may reduce your sperm count; so, if you are attempting to start a family, pellet therapy is not for you.

What is BioTE®?

BioTE is a hormone pellet system utilized at HealthWellnessMD in which all-natural bioidentical hormones are inserted and then absorbed into the body. Because they consist of pure concentrated hormones and don’t contain any synthetic ingredients, patients do not have to worry about harmful byproducts. Instead, your body uses precisely the amount of hormones it needs and any excess completely dissolves.

Bioidentical hormone pellets are plant-based bioidentical estradiol and testosterone that are biologically identical to the hormones you make in your own body prior to menopause or andropause. As a result, hormone pellets have the same effects on your body as your own estrogen and testosterone did when you were younger with the advantage of greater consistency.

When you were younger, your menstrual cycle caused monthly hormonal fluctuations—you probably recall your mood swings or your weight going up and down depending on the time of month. Men know that as andropause approaches, your muscle mass is on the decline, you develop unwanted fat deposits, general fatigue, and your erections just don’t feel 21 anymore. With pelleting, such fluctuations will come to an end. . Smaller than a grain of rice, pellets deliver consistent healthy levels of hormones for three to four months in women and four to five months in men.

Dr. Prewitt chose hormone replacement therapy from BioTE for her patients because their quality control and efficacy exceeds the norm. With BioTE, patients can be assured that their pellets are highly regulated and that the purity, sterility, concentration and potency are guaranteed.

How often are pellets needed?

Women usually require pellets every 3 – 6 months while men typically require pellets every 5 – 6 months. The pellets start working within 24 – 72 hours of insertion and optimal effects develop in about 3 weeks. At each session, Dr. Prewitt will assess your progress and make any necessary adjustments.

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